Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has dropped some huge transfer hints as the Hoops prepare to make some signings in the January transfer window.
Last January, the Hoops were very busy in January, as Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi and Matt O’Riley all joined the club, with the first three confirmed before the window had even opened.
Now, in quotes reported by the Daily Record, the Celtic manager has all but confirmed that a few players are very close to joining the Hoops for the second-half of the season.
It’s fair to say there’s a couple lined up. It’s how we’ve done things and how I believe we need to be. It’s how I’m built. I don’t like rushing around last minute. We need to be agile when we need to and when we don’t, we can methodically plan to make sure we get things done. If we can get guys early, once January 1 hits they are already part of this football club.
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It will be a real boost for the Hoops if the Bhoys can get transfer deals completed early, as Postecoglou says in the quotes above, he prefers to get deals done at the start of the transfer window.
One advantage of that is that allows players to get familiar with their teammates early on, and that happened with Hatate and Maeda last season, both players hit the ground running and made an instant impact for the Hoops.
The comments from the Hoops boss will excite the Celtic support as it sounds as if Postecoglou is committed to making his current Hoops side even better, and that can only be a good thing for the club, the fans and everyone connected with Celtic.
It will be interesting to see who the players that are ‘lined up’ to come in are. Vissel Kobe centre-back Yuki Kobayashi has been linked with the Hoops, so he could well be one of the players.
As for the identity of the other players, perhaps a striker and a full-back will be lined up, especially if Josip Juranovic leaves the club.
What is good to see is that under Postecoglou Celtic aren’t standing still even though the team has been successful, and that is something that Celtic have been guilty of in the past. That isn’t going to be the case it seems with this current Celtic squad, and that can only be a good thing, as the Hoops strive to improve on Postecoglou’s first 18 months at Celtic Park.